Room for improvement in nuclear safety routines

The International Atomic Energy Agency has reviewed Sweden’s nuclear safety routines and, although their findings are overall positive, there is still a need for improvements, Georg Schwarz at the IAEA told Swedish Radio News on Friday.

For example the IAEA has recommended that the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority review and clarify the safety regulations and that they conduct random inspections more often.

“These are the things we have been advised to do by the IAEA and we will consider their recommendations,” said the agency’s general director Ann-Louise Eksborg.

Another problem facing the agency is that many of its inspectors are due to retire in the next few years and that they don’t have senior staff to replace them, according to the IAEA.